Artique teams with My Urban Farm
Artique owner Katie Stellpflug’s mission for her gallery and gift shop is to promote local artists and organizations.
She has hosted everyone from Park City window painter Kathleen Barlow to Wild Willow leaf artist Ed Wittrock and the Kimball Art Center’s Young Artist Academy.
Artique has also partnered with The Mirror Lake Diner to promote photographer Charlie Lansche.
Another aspect of Artique’s localized mission is to give the public ideas about sustainability.
That’s why Stellpflug asked My Urban Farm to present the free First Friday Artist Opening on Aug. 2.
My Urban Farm is a locally based organization founded by Kamas resident Rolf Petersen and Salt Lake City’s Casey Wright.
They build self-contained structures for gardening and farming.
The buildings can be used as chicken coops and greenhouses that can be set in the city or surrounding suburbs. The structures can also can be transformed into artist studios, music studios, storage sheds or any other need their owners have, Stellpflug told The Park Record.
"They will be giving a presentation so people can look at what they’re doing and why they’re doing it," she said. "I thought it would be something new and unique for Artique. It does have an artistic side of it."
Wright said he and Petersen plan to show some of the canvas-wrapped photos of the different structures they have built so attendees can better understand the concept.
"Our original idea came from a greenhouse made entirely out of reclaimed materials that Rolf built on his property," Wright said. "We looked around and saw that no one was really building chicken coops that were incorporated into greenhouses and felt it was a good idea. And that’s when it started."
The two finished building the prototype last fall and have really started to drum-up sales in the past month.
Each building is custom made for their clients.
"The structures vary depending on the size of the yard or where it’s going to be placed and how big they want it," Wright said. "Typically, we try to keep the building under 200 square feet."
The prototype measures 16 feet by nine feet, but the two are open to suggestions.
"Since these are so customized, we want to, first, make sure it matches and fits in with the existing property," Wright said. "In order to do that, we adjust the costs to fit what the customer wants.
"Once they contact us, we conduct a site evaluation and design consultation," he said. "And we decide what will work best."
There are many options available for each order, including solar power, grow lighting, rainwater collecting and composting.
Stellpflug met Petersen through his wife, who is a painter that visits Artique.
"Rolf came to me one day and told me about My Urban Farms," Stellpflug said. "I wanted to find a way to let the public know about it.
"While what they’re doing is not directly in line with art, per se, it is about becoming sustainable and doing something local," she said.
Hosting an event in Kamas on the opening night of the Park City Kimball Arts Festival does have it’s own challenges, Stellpflug said.
"I know the event conflicts with the Festival, but we’re offering something a little different than what we usually offer for people who want to come out this way," she said.
Artique, 283 N. Main in Kamas, will host its First Friday Artist Opening on Aug. 2, featuring Rolf Petersen and Casey Wright from My Urban Farm, who build self-contained structures for farming, gardening and living. The free event will begin at 6 p.m. and end at 9 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call Katie Stellpflug at (435) 640-8048 or email Katie@art-ique.com .
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